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under a table of organization (T/O 19-217 or T/O&E
b. Detailed from post, camp, or station comple-
ments. The provost marshal of a post, camp, or station
may be designated as provost marshal of adjacent communi-
ties. Under such conditions, military police for the town
or city are furnished by a designated military police unit,
supplemented by personnel as may be directed. Members
of the military police so detailed are normally rationed and
quartered with units to which they are assigned.
c. Detailed from units of the field forces. Units of
various strengths on maneuvers, in bivouac, or on the march
frequently camp in the vicinity of a town or city. If a mili-
tary police detachment is stationed permanently in the town
or city, the commanding officer of the troops or his repre-
sentative contacts the provost marshal, and ascertains
whether additional military police should be detailed to
assist in patrolling. If no military police are stationed in
the community, the commanding officer will take such
measures as are necessary to assure proper conduct of his
troops. Military police, if assigned to the unit, are ordered
to patrol the town; otherwise, selected personnel from the
unit are detailed to perform this mission under an officer
acting as provost marshal.
14. RECONNAISSANCE. a. In order to determine
the number of military police necessary to maintain order
and the best distribution of military police in a community,
the provost marshal of a town must survey requirements
continually. The civil authorities should be consulted, the
military mission explained to them, and their advice and
b. Factors determining the requisite strength of the mili-
tary police detachment include the area to be patrolled, the
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